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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

JF: Found (YA) 4/5


JF: Found (YA) 4/5

This is the first in a series (but aren't most books nowadays? It seems like no one writes stand alone books anymore). 36 babies are found on a plan that landed mysteriously at an airport. All of the babies were adopted out to families. About 12 years later, the adopted kids start getting mysterious letters in the mail. What is going on? Are they from the past? The future? Is time travel really possible?

This would be a good book for both boys and girls since there are strong characters of both genders. It's a longish book but I think reluctant readers could keep with it. The ending is definitely a cliffhanger and will leave readers wanting more.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

CR: Dead Until Dark


I had a doctor's appointment today and wanted an easy read to bring with me. So I ended up bringing Dead Until Dark to start reading. I watched all the episodes of True Blood and loved them. Read about 50 pages of the book and am loving it so far. I see the actors from the TV show in my head as I meet the characters in the book but that is ok; it's working for me. I think this is going to be a new favorite series of mine!

Nancy commented that Boo looks somewhat evil in his picture. I agree--he is the mushiest of marshmellow cats but sometimes the look on his face seems like he is plotting the world's demise.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

CR: Slam


This is the cover of my current read. I'm not too far into it but so far it's going slowly for me. A teenage boy talks to his poster of skateboarding star Tony Hawk. I've never read any of Hornby's adult books so I don't know how this one compares.

This is my Ragdoll, BooBerry Radley. He is named after the character from To Kill a Mockingbird. He is a good boy.

CR: Slam (YA)

CR: Slam (YA)

This book tells the story of a teenage boy who talks to his poster of skateboarding star, Tony Hawk. I'm not that far into the book yet but so far it's pretty slow going.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

JF: Looking for JJ (YA) (5/5)

JF: Looking for JJ (YA) (5/5)

Looking for JJ tells the story of Jennifer Jones, who killed her best friend when she was 10 years old. JJ did her time and now has been released from prison, with a new identity to help her make a fresh start. Newspapers are trying to find her but she is trying to move on with her life. JJ's mom is a creepy, abusive woman who basically sold herself and her daughter throughout the entire book. This book will suck the reader in; it is gritty realistic fiction.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

JF: Impossible (YA) (5/5)

JF: Impossible (YA) (5/5)

Impossible is a mix of realistic fiction and fantasy. The book centers around a curse on Lucy's family--one that she has a limited time to try to break. Lucy is a great, strong female character. Good characters in this book, good action and the reader will be hooked as the novel progresses. Nancy Werlin is a great author and I continue to enjoy her books.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

JF: The Host (4.5/5)

JF: The Host (4.5/5)

The Host tells the story of The Wanderer, a soul inserted in human Melanie's body. This book started out slowly for me but picked up in the middle and I ended up really enjoying it. The story tells of finding love in unlikely places, getting past prejudice and finding new ways to define family. I am not a big fan of science fiction but I really liked this book.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

JF: Morrigan's Cross (5/5)

JF: Morrigan's Cross (5/5)

Morrigan's Cross is one of the paranormal mystery/romance boos by Nora Roberts. This is the first in a three book series. A group of six are trying to save the world from being overtaken by vampires. This book has a good mix of action, mystery and romance.

Friday, December 19, 2008

CR: Morrigan's Cross

At lunch today I was reading Morrigan's Cross. This is the first in a three book series by Nora Roberts. Some vampires, some magic, all good things. I'm about halfway through this book and have #2 of the series in my TBR pile.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CR: The Host

I am currently reading The Host. I'm about halfway through and am enjoying it so far. I really liked her Twilight series so I wanted to read this book.

Review of The Underneath (YA)

The Underneath (YA)

This book tells the story of a hound, a calico cat and her two kittens. There is a parallel story of an almost Native American nature as well. I enjoyed the part with the hound and the cats but didn't really follow the parallel story much. There was some animal abuse parts that bothered me and I could see being disturbing for younger readers.

I rated this book a 3.5/5.

Melissa